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Four Faces of Arthritis

...Get to know the main types of joint disease and how to tell them apart. Knowing the difference between psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis can get challenging, especially when so many symptoms and causes overlap. Arthur Mandelin, M.D., Ph.D., an NPF...

Flu Shot Lags Among People with Psoriasis

...Too many people are avoiding the flu vaccine. [Editor's Note: The current public discussion around the search for a COVID-19 vaccine continues, but we do have a flu vaccine. Preventing the flu through vaccination saves lives.] In 2018, about 80,000 people in the U.S. died from th...

Curing Psoriatic Disease: The Next Frontier

...NPF’s multi-disciplinary Cure Symposium aims to lead the way toward a cure. Flaky, painful skin. Joint soreness and deformities. Social embarrassment. Not only has Fred Finkelstein, a filmmaker with longstanding psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, lived through these experiences, ...

5 Reasons You Should Do a Facebook Fundraiser

...The social media platform makes it easy to support NPF with your own personal fundraiser – without costing you a dime. Learn how you can make a difference with just a few clicks. Let’s face it – even with the privacy concerns, spambots and endless selfies from acquaintances you b...

Taking Care of Kids Who Have Psoriatic Disease

...Open communication is key to empowering your child to understand his disease and maintain a healthy self-image. Open communication with children who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis should begin at an early age. How much is said and explained by parents and other family who ...

Telemedicine Tears Down Barriers to Your Doctor

...No matter how far the distance between you and your health care providers, technology has helped to bridge the gap. [Editor's Note: This article was published prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it precedes the advent of physical distancing, but the accessibility to health care of...

Triathlon Dad

...Derek Schujahn turns helplessness into motivation and raises money for NPF in honor of his son. The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, scientists and health care providers have pitched in to help o...

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Associated With Psoriatic Arthritis

...A UK-based study recommends PsA patients should be screened for high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes as soon as possible. People with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who have psoriasis only or the general populati...

When It Comes to Your Treatment, One Size Does Not Fit All

...In the world of psoriatic disease, there is no one therapy that works for everyone. You might need a new treatment, more time, or even a new doctor, but there’s no reason to give up and not treat at all. From tar baths and phototherapy to biologics to topicals and back again (exc...

A Doctor Who Empowers His Patients and Learns From Them

...A chance meeting with an inspiring mentor channels a promising physician into a lifelong fight against psoriasis. The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, scientists and health care providers have pi...

Failure Is Not an Option

...Christian Jacobe refuses to give up after his psoriatic disease diagnosis and turns his situation into motivation to help others. "Have a good time, enjoy life. Life is too short to get bogged down and discouraged. You have to keep moving, you have to keep going. Put one foot in ...

Psoriasis Changes a Man’s Life for the Better

...Inspired by NPF volunteer Simon Jury, who found a silver lining in a psoriasis cloud, Dudley Dix responds with a similar story. I was diagnosed with psoriasis in my mid-30s, in about 1984, in Cape Town, South Africa. I had never heard of this condition and asked the dermatologist...

The Right Doctors Make All the Difference

...Pat Corbin’s encounters with two talented physicians have helped to keep both his psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis in check. Pat Corbin has always lived and promoted an active lifestyle. The 71-year-old from New Hampshire dedicated his life to sports education and retired almost...

Mourning the Passing of Stephen Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

...Longtime NIAMS director was a friend to all he served. During the joy of the holiday season, the NPF family was saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Stephen Katz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The...

Nothing Stops This Teenager, on Land or in the Water

...Lena Oslund is young, confident and living life the way she wants to live it. The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, scientists and health care providers have pitched in to help our cause. Voluntee...

3 Ways to Fight for Better Health Care – It’s Easier Than You Think

...An NPF volunteer uses her own experiences to make a difference for the psoriatic disease community. Access to health care has sparked nationwide debates, but no matter where you fall on the political spectrum, sharing your voice is a key component to effective legislative change....

How to Stick With Your Treatment Plan

...Don’t turn taking your meds into an uphill battle. Get the facts and stay the course. Steven R. Feldman, M.D., a dermatologist at Wake Forest University and a member of NPF’s medical board, rattles off three reasons why treatments, especially topicals, often fail if you have psor...

Bridging the Gap Between Patient and Researcher

...In her role as a research ambassador for NPF, Carol Selby provides an important perspective to researchers and scientists. The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, researchers and health care provide...

Research Initiatives for the New Strategic Plan

...For NPF's new 5-year strategic plan, we're planning the greatest strides we've ever taken in research. Back in 2008, the National Psoriasis Foundation faced a simple choice: keep planning ahead one year at a time or start thinking bigger. NPF chose the latter. In 2009, we embarke...

The Forgotten History of Psoriasis Action Month

...It all began when one small organization broke through the static and captured the media’s attention. The media landscape in 1997 was nothing like the media landscape today. There was no Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Facebook. There were no memes. Television and printed sheets o...

When a $970 Bottle of Shampoo Stands Between You and Your Scalp Psoriasis

...How one couple battles psoriatic disease, from supporting research to testifying before lawmakers. Nancy and Don Alpert met in San Francisco in the 1990s. They have since lived in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and are now back in California. Everywhere they have called home, they have...

The Improbable Journey of PsA Maestro Philip Mease

...From barefoot doctor to world-renowned rheumatologist and researcher – meet our 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. It was Aug. 14, 2003, and Philip Mease was on the brink of success. He was trying to do something that had never been done: launch a multi-disciplinary organiza...

Milestones on the Road to a Cure

...The 2019 Cure Symposium offered plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of psoriatic disease research. On May 30 and 31, 2019, in Seattle, Washington, the National Psoriasis Foundation hosted its inaugural Cure Symposium. The symposium focused on the prevention of pso...

No, It’s Not Contagious

...A Dominican-American man with psoriasis fends off the usual annoying questions, battles his anger, searches for the right treatment and helps raise awareness. I’ve been living with psoriasis since May 2014. Four years ago I was living a normal life: working, traveling and figurin...

Putting the Powerslam on Psoriasis

...Professional wrestler Michael Murray takes his profession and psoriatic disease seriously. Michael Murray is only 30, but he’s been through a lot. When he was 3, he developed severe asthma, which sometimes meant unscheduled trips to the hospital. The asthma went away at age 13, w...

Top 10 Ways to Help NPF Support People With Psoriatic Disease

...You, too, can pitch in to build community, raise awareness and fund cutting-edge research. There’s a lot you can do to help NPF. We’ve put the top 12 together for your consideration. 1. Donate Fill in a few boxes. You’re done. 2. Become a Member You’ll receive our two magazines: ...

What Happens When Life Has Other Plans for You

...A woman with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis charts a new course in her career. Rachel English of Tucson, Arizona, was 15 in 1985 when she was diagnosed with psoriasis. By her senior year in high school, psoriasis had cost English her place on the cheerleading team and contribu...

Mother and Daughter Bond Against PsA

...Nora Yechou has never known her mother when she wasn’t in pain. Here’s how PsA changed both their lives. It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment when the mother began asking the daughter for help, but both agree on the stack of dinner plates. Julie Greenwood has psoriasis and psori...

4 Back-to-School Tips for Kids With Psoriatic Disease

...The start of a new school year may stir up emotions: fear of what others might say, or feeling self-conscious, lonely or depressed. We can help. Helping you and your child thrive in the new school year is one of the reasons NPF launched Our Spot, a site devoted to the 700,000-plu...

Remembering Robert Ginsberg, an Early Friend of NPF

...NPF's former president and CEO looks back at one man’s lasting contributions to our success. Robert Ginsberg was a man of firsts when it came to the National Psoriasis Foundation. His hope to improve the lives of people with psoriasis led him to join the NPF board of trustees (to...

Top 4 Myths About Fighting for Your Own Cause

...Let’s get to the bottom of what it really means to be an "advocate." Advocating for patients is an integral part of the NPF mission to improve the lives of those with psoriatic disease. Our advocacy and government relations team, powered by a nationwide network of volunteers, fig...

How to Survive Joint Replacement Surgery

...A veteran of multiple joint replacements offers some hard-earned lessons. Richard Seiden, J.D., is a member of the NPF board of directors. Seiden, who has psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and has had hip, knee and shoulder replacements, wrote “A Patient Perspective on Joint Repl...

Ready, Set, Walk!

...Team NPF Walk is the perfect way to join a community while supporting critical research initiatives. NPF’s community fundraising events are a driving force behind everything we do. Raising vital research funds and awareness through Team NPF events has a direct impact on tomorrow’...

Searching for Answers Through Science

...Researcher Charlotte Hurabielle-Claverie, M.D., finds joy in unraveling the mysteries surrounding psoriatic disease. The National Psoriasis Foundation was created in 1967 by volunteers. For more than 50 years, patients, families, friends, scientists and health care providers have...

Small Stories, Big Impact

...You can turn your personal experience into a powerful message that effects change for others living with a chronic disease. Storytelling is a large part of our human fabric. It can be a way to share a life lesson, preserve history or just express one’s experience. Many of us can ...

Advocate for Knowledge: Turning Diagnosis Into a Cause

...How a lack of good information mobilized one volunteer to get involved and educate those in power. When Lynne Breaux Arapis started to experience pain due to psoriatic arthritis (PsA), it was yet another complication for her mobility and joints. She had lived with osteoarthritis ...

Remembering Stephen Katz, a Champion for Psoriatic Disease

...Six longtime members of our community pay honor to Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., a tireless advocate for our cause and a champion to everyone who faces life every day with psoriatic disease. NPF has been helped over the years by a long line of doctors, scientists and administrato...

Psoriatic Arthritis: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

...Here’s where we stand in 2020 – and a glimpse of the road ahead. When the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) was launched in 1967, the causes of psoriasis were poorly understood. There were few viable treatments. And we had even less understanding of psoriatic arthritis (PsA). E...

This Community Feels Like a Family

...Carol Ostrow backs us with her organizational skills. Today on Founders’ Week we talk to Carol Ostrow, vice chair of NPF’s board of directors. She’s been an NPF board member since 2012. Ostrow is also the producing director of the off-off-Broadway Flea Theater in Lower Manhattan....

Researching a Better Future

...NPF, building on 50 years of history, aims at the future with two transformative research initiatives. The National Psoriasis Foundation is celebrating its history and shining a light on things to come with its inaugural Founders’ Week. During the week of February 16, 2020, we wi...

NPF Salutes the Past and Ensures a Brighter Future with Founders’ Week

...You’re reading this story because of one of the most successful newspaper ads of all time. It was the summer of 1966 and Beverly Foster of Portland, Oregon, was approaching a big birthday: She was about to turn 30. But she didn’t feel like celebrating. It wasn’t aging that bother...

Highlights From the First Year of Psound Bytes

...Our podcasts helps you to stay informed and live a healthier life. Here is just a sample of what we have in store for you in our Psound Bytes podcasts. Each presentation is free, and after the initial date of release, you can listen at your convenience. We hope you enjoyed our fi...

How NPF Empowers Psoriatic Disease Researchers

...Nehal Mehta, M.D., is an NIH researcher with an impressive track record. NPF helped him get there. Interviewing Nehal Mehta, M.D., is like taking a crash course in speed-listening. In one short phone call, he sprinted from the effect of chronic inflammation on atherosclerosis to ...

Finding Relief Through Rejection

...A native Uruguayan man gets help covering his treatment costs thanks to a bilingual patient navigator. Since launching in 2016, the NPF Patient Navigation Center has helped more than 26,500 individuals in managing psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Patient navigators work one-on-o...

Help for a Weary Traveler

...An Indian mother visiting her daughter in Seattle turns to the PNC for help with her psoriasis. Since launching in 2016, the NPF Patient Navigation Center has helped more than 26,500 individuals in managing psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Patient Navigators work one-on-one with...

How to Set Up a Facebook Fundraiser in Just a Few Clicks

...It’s easy to start supporting NPF research with your own personal fundraising campaign. There’s no better way to support and spread awareness of the National Psoriasis Foundation than with your own, personal fundraiser on Facebook. In just minutes, you could be helping to fund se...

Introducing the New Standard of Treatment for PsA

...NPF and the American College of Rheumatology release a pioneering treatment guideline. At the end of 2018, the National Psoriasis Foundation, in partnership with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), released a collaborative publication about treating psoriatic arthritis. I...

Bringing a Medical Perspective to Advocacy

...Wilson Liao, M.D., discusses why medical professionals are so important to NPF’s advocacy mission. Editor Note: Due to the COVID-19 virus, the National Psoriasis Foundation will be hosting Capitol Hill Day virtually, with members of the psoriatic disease community sharing their e...

The Unexpected Dermatologist

...For our inaugural Founders’ Week, our friends reminisce about the NPF of years ago. Founders’ Week 2020 continues with today’s guest, Mark Lebwohl, M.D. Lebwohl is the Waldman Chair of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and chairman emerit...

What NPF’s History Looked Like While It Was Happening

...For our inaugural Founders’ Week, our friends reminisce about the NPF of years ago. To celebrate the work of our founders – Beverly Foster and the volunteers who launched a movement 52 years ago – we created Founders’ Week. In honor of Founders’ Week 2020, we asked four of our lo...

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